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Membership at St. Paul’s
October, 2008
By The Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller
At a recent 4F’s meeting the discussion turned to what constitutes being
a member of St. Paul’s. This has been a topic of discussion for several Volume 33, Issue 8
years as various groups have tried to define it for newcomers to the
parish. People sometimes just begin to attend and often there is no offi-
cial way their membership is recognized. Inside this issue:

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Weller The uncertainty comes, because in 1970, the Church removed the re- Calendar 13
quirement of being confirmed in order to receive communion. This was a
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theological decision based on the desire to give Baptism its original preeminence as the primary
rite of initiation into the Church. Confirmation continued to be a time of instruction in what it means Mission &
to be an Episcopalian, but gradually fell into disuse because all the rights and privileges once as- 11
sociated with it were shifted to baptism. Many will remember prior to 1970 when baptisms were
private affairs, done on Saturday mornings, while Confirmations were always done when the Prayer List 15
Bishop visited. Most often Confirmation was on Sunday and before the whole congregation. Every
adolescent, parent and adult knew that you became an adult member in the parish and Episcopal St. Paul’s News 4
Church when you were confirmed. You could then receive communion and your name was even Upcoming
added to the Membership Book. 2-3
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TO: St. Paul’s Family
FROM: Your Stewardship Committee
Change. We’ve been hearing a lot about change lately. In particular, in this election season,
change has been the watchword for candidates of all parties and persuasions. But when you really
think about it, changing the names and faces in Washington and Lansing doesn’t guarantee
change. The only way to guarantee it is by making it happen ourselves. Ultimately, that’s what
stewardship is all about, changing our own lives—giving more, helping more, loving more—is how
we change the lives of our neighbors and the world.
Keeping with this commitment, your stewardship committee has adopted several key changes that
need highlighting. First and foremost, as you flip through the stewardship guide that was distrib-
uted on Sampler Sunday, you might be wondering: Where are the pledge cards?
With respect to “time and talent,” you had an opportunity at “Sampler Sunday” to sign up for the
many committees and guilds that make St. Paul’s one of the most active and giving churches in the
area. If you have any questions or missed signing up, please look in your directory or contact the
office to find out who is the correct contact person for that guild or committee.
With respect to “treasure,” the committee decided to make a major change in how the cards are
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Activities at a Glance
Ongoing Activities • Matthew Shepard Service, October 8, 7 PM
• St. Aelred’s Guild, third Wednesday, 4:30 PM • Canterbury Fall Feast, October 10, 6 PM
• Book Cart, 2nd Sunday after 10 AM service • Diocesan Convention, October 24-25
• B&PW, Tuesday, October 10, 6 PM • ERD Brunch, October 26, after 10 AM service
• ECW, 3rd Monday, 7 PM Looking Ahead
• St. Elizabeth Guild, September 23, 12:30 PM at
• Quiet Morning November 1, December 6, 9-noon
the home of Debby Pierce
• Invitation Sunday, November 1
• Family Night Dinner, Weds., September 10, 5 PM
• The Gathering, November 7,
• 4 Fs, 2nd and 4th Mondays (except as noted) Noon-
• Newcomers’ Dinner, November 8, 6 PM
2 PM
• UTO Collection, November 9, 8 & 10 AM
• St. Paul’s Library, open every Sunday
• Baptisms, November 9
• Prayer Group, 1st Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 PM
• The Gathering, December 4
• Men’s Breakfast, 3rd Thursday, 7 AM
• Ministry Retreat, January 8-10, 2009
• Mid-Week Eucharist, Tuesdays, noon
• Baptisms, January 11, 2009
This Month at St. Paul’s and Elsewhere • ACTION, April 28, May 12, 2009 7 PM
• Pizza Party & Game Night, October 3, 5:30 PM • 160th Anniversary Celebration, May, 2009
• Baptism/Newcomers’ Classes, Oct. 4, 9-11:30 AM
• Listening Sundays, October 5, 30, 8 & 10 AM

From the Parish Life Committee

By Millie Ericson, Chair
Upcoming Fellowship opportunities:
October 3 – 2nd Annual Pizza Party and Game Night for all the Parish family: kids, families, couples, singles.
There will be something fun for everyone: cards, board games, bingo, and prizes. 5:30 p.m. dinner; 6-8 p.m.
games. Cost: $5.00/adults, $1.00/children.
November 7 – Fall “The Gathering,” Coffee House at St. Paul’s. Recall the days of Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul &
Mary, folk guitars and tie-dye in this fun event for all adults in the Parish and their guests. Entertainment will
be provided by local folk talent. Details to follow.
December 4 – Holiday “The Gathering,” hors d’oeuvres, dessert, music, conversation and an opportunity to
make gifts to the Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), at the home of Larry and Kathy Gut. More details
to follow.
And watch for announcements about a family-focused Gathering coming soon.

Newcomers! Need to be Baptized?

By the Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller By the Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller
f you are new to St. Paul’s and perhaps to the Epis- aptisms are scheduled for both November 9
I copal Church, please consider attending Newcomer’s
Classes scheduled for October 4, 11, and 18. They
B and January 11. If you know of anyone wish-
ing to be baptized, please contact the parish of-
begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. each Sat- fice. Baptisms later in 2009 are scheduled for
urday. These will be culminated in our Newcomers’ Din- April 11 and May 31.
ner scheduled for November 8 at 6 p.m., and the Wel-
coming ceremony is scheduled for the 10 a.m. service
on November 9.
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You’re Invited
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
8am & 10am
“Invitation Sunday”
For a special Stewardship message from
Dr. Steve McSwain

"It's more than a finan-

In THE GIVING MYTHS, author Dr. Steve McSwain makes a cial campaign. It's
compelling case that your highest purpose in life is to give your- about discovering the
self away and generously share your abundance with the world. purpose and meaning
The life you've always wanted isn't found in career choice, per-
of life and pursuing
sonal achievements, or even the amount of money you may
that purpose through
make in a lifetime. Instead, it's found in one of the simplest, yet
most challenging principles ever given. If you miss this princi- the sharing of yourself
ple, you'll miss the life you've always wanted. and your abundance
with the world."
For more than a decade, Dr. McSwain has crisscrossed America
speaking to thousands of people each year and meeting and
consulting with hundreds of religious institutions and philan-
“Quite simply, Steve McSwain is a miracle
thropic organizations. His conclusion? The happiest and healthi-
worker. Not only does he have that rare gift
est people are those who have learned to be outrageously gen- of inspiring others to be more generous than
erous with their resources and their lives. they dreamed possible, but he gives others
the satisfying sense of belonging deeply to
In an age of unprecedented wealth and record charitable giving, God and God's plans.”
this book is as timely as the morning news. Identifying the 7 most
common myths about giving that keep people from being gener- Fr. Jerome P. Kaywell, Pastor
ous, Dr. McSwain shares through real-life stories and practical, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Punta
Gorda, Florida
step-by-step guidance how to find the meaning of life. If you're
looking for happiness and significance in life, this book is a
"must read."

Baptismal Covenant Classes B&PW

By the Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller By Barbara Richardson
ne of the requirements for baptism at St Paul’s is o you like to hear stories? Then join us Octo-
O that parents, Godparents or the person to be
baptized attend a series of classes where the topic of
D ber 14 when guest storyteller Shirley Brad-
ley will entertain us with her tales. Dinner is at 6
baptism is discussed and the position of the Episcopal p.m. in the Hill Room and costs $8. For a reserva-
Church is reviewed. Because of the baptisms scheduled tion, contact Debby Pierce. All women of the par-
for November 9 and January 11, those seeking bap- ish are invited to attend our meetings.
tism for themselves or their children should plan on at-
tending the classes scheduled October 4, 11 and 18. Once again, we will be selling Younker’s coupons
Classes begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. in October and November. You can purchase cou-
Please contact the parish office to register or if you pons at the coffee hours or from a B&PW mem-
have questions. ber. Younker’s Community Day sale will be Satur-
day, November 15.

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Thursday, November 1, 2008
Eucharist, Sermon and Necrology, 7 p.m.

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Matthew Shepard Remembrance Service
By the Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller
n October, 1998, a young man from Wyoming named Matthew Shepard was murdered for being gay. He
I was tied to a barbed-wire fence, beaten and left to die. For several weeks, the foolishness of hate crimes
was the talk of the nation. Many vowed that his death would not be in vain, and that he would become a sym-
bol for those who abhor “hate” crimes.
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, all persons who would like to have their presence speak out against
hate crimes in general and Matthew Shepard’s specifically, are invited to attend a Eucharist that will speak to
the reconciliation Christ can bring to the world by those who believe and act in His name. Following the service
there will be a brief reception.

Diocesan Convention
By the Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller
n Friday afternoon and evening, October 24, and all day Saturday, October 25, the yearly convention
O for the Diocese of Michigan will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn. St. Paul’s representa-
tives are Charlie Krupka, Martie Repaskey, and MaryLea Benson. St. Paul’s will also be represented by the
clergy associated with this parish: Fathers Gordon Weller, Ronald Byrd, Chuck Millar, Bill Ericson, and Dea-
con Bill Fineout.
If you are interested in the topics and issues that will be debated and voted upon, please consider attending a
Deanery wide caucus that will be held at St Paul’s on Monday, October 6 at 6 p.m., lasting for about an hour.
The diocesan convention is open to the public, but attendees do not have a voice or vote. For more informa-
tion, please contact one of the clergy, delegates or the parish office.

St. Paul’s Support for ERD Continues

By Sue Millar
upport for the healing and life-saving work of Episcopal Relief and Development has grown over the past
S years. In particular, following the devastation brought by Katrina, as a parish we showed our love and
concern through generous contributions. Since that time, many of you have honored a loved one through a do-
nation to Gifts of Life; for three years you have donated and purchased books that enabled us to send ERD
thousands of dollars; you have supported a Sunday morning brunch that added over $200 to St. Paul’s contri-
butions, and, last fall, at a Christmas party at the Gut home, around $250 was donated. With your purchase
of Bishops Blend coffees, more than 15 percent of the price you pay goes to ERD. Additionally, some parish-
ioners use an EFT to pledge to ERD on a monthly basis.
This fall we have two win-win events to anticipate. On October 26 and February15,you will be invited to sup-
port another great Sunday morning brunch­­ with your presence and food donations. And on Friday, Decem-
ber 5, the Guts are once more opening their home to parishioners for an ERD/Christmas party fund-raiser. De-
tails are to be announced, but be sure to save the date.
Support for ERD can simplify how we fulfill our commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goals as
we seek to share the gifts with which we are blessed. Thank you all for your past and ongoing support for

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Adult Christian Education

By Dr. Stephen R. Lange, Minister of Music
his year the theme of Adult Christian Education the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
T and Formation Committee (ACEF) programming is
“Grounded in God.” All their offerings this year will
the beauty of thy peace” (hymn 652). The first, led by
Carol Ingells, will be held on Saturday, November 1,
center on deepening our faith, enriching our spiritual and the second, led by Steve Lange, will be held on
life and gaining a closer relationship with God. This Saturday, December 6. Both will last from 9 a.m. until
fall they will offer three different opportunities to do noon.
And third, is an “At-home Bible Study” on First John,
First is a three-part series designed for anyone who designed to help parishioners get acquainted with one
wants to explore the nature of their faith even more: of the small gems of the Bible. It is intended to take
Exploring our Baptismal Covenant. This series will be only 10 minutes a day (one hour a week) and provide
presented on three consecutive Saturdays in October: parishioners with an opportunity to do some Bible
October 4, 11, and 18, beginning at 9 a.m. and last- study in the peace and quiet of their own homes and
ing until 11:30 a.m. The series will invite us to see how yet, if they choose, interact with others on St. Paul’s
the Baptismal Covenant underlies all aspects of our website and share their ideas and questions. Each
faith, how various spiritual practices, including prayer day, the study will look at two or three verses of this
and meditation, can enrich our spiritual life, both indi- epistle, share a few insights or background about the
vidually and corporately, and how we are called to passage and then provide a question or two to think
use our faith in the world. about and apply throughout the day. For more infor-
mation, please contact Steve Lange.
Second, is an offering of several “Quiet Mornings,”
mini-retreats designed to provide people with the op- In addition, the usual offerings of “Prayer Group,”
portunity for some guided quiet time to meditate on held on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30-
God and God’s intentions for our lives. In our busy, 6:30 p.m., and the Men’s Breakfast, held on the third
rushed, and hectic lifestyles, these are times we can Thursday of the month, from 7-8:00 a.m., will continue.
use to withdraw from the clamor of the world and re- The Men’s Breakfast Group will continue its study of
connect with the peace and calmness offered to us by the Gospel of Mark this year.
God. In the words of John Greenleaf Whittier, we will
open ourselves for God to “Drop thy still dews of qui- Please feel warmly invited to attend any or all of
etness, till all our strivings cease; take from our souls these activities!

Canterbury MSU
The Rev. Deacon William H. Fineout
he Canterbury MSU Fall Feast and Auction will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church on
T Friday, October 10 at 6 p.m. This event is the major fundraiser for our Episcopal/
Anglican campus ministry at MSU, and is used for our spring mission trip and program year.
The evening is always great fun and a great way to let MSU students know that you care.
The students will wait tables and see to your dining needs. The meal is provided by some
very dedicated volunteer cooks from All Saints, and the evening is sponsored by the Canter-
bury MSU Board of Trustees. Entertainment and a possible visit from a special guest are usually included. You
may also donate a special item for the silent auction. Father Ronald Byrd has a table of tickets if you are in-
terested for $30 per person.

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4 F’s Group for 2008-2009 Programs
“Looking Back Helps Us to Look Forward”
By Nancy Sheldon
he 4F’s is usually held the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month (exceptions noted *due to Town Hall conflict)
T with the following schedule: 12 noon Eucharist,12:30 p.m. Lunch ($4.00), 1 p.m. Bible Study (Steve Lange),
1:15-2:00 p.m. Program. Anyone is invited who has time in the middle of the day! Please sign up for lunch out-
side the Merrifield Room or call the Church office for a reservation.
• October 20 - (Note the 3rd Monday) – “Where I encountered God this summer”…a chance to share a sum-
mer activity and how we saw God’s presence therein. Fr. Weller will also share tales of his sabbatical.
• October 27 - We will take a trip to St. Katherine’s Episcopal in Williamston to see their present church
(along with their art gallery), the original church, their labyrinth, and some of their grounds. We’d also like
to have communion in the original chapel and have the Rev. Jannel Glennie talk to us about their church and
its history.
• November 10 – As we look forward to St Paul’s 160th Historical Celebration next May, Marjorie Shaefer
(Luke’s Mom and Susie’s mother-in-law), who has worked with us as a professional “Storyteller” in the past,
will teach us to tell our stories of St Paul’s as we compile a continuing history of St Paul’s. Recent history is
very important and by telling our own stories of our lives at St. Paul’s during the last 38 years (since “To a
Goodly Heritage” was written), we will be able to share the anecdotes that make our history a living docu-
ment. We will spend the next two 4 F’s meetings learning how to write our own history.
• November 24 – Marjorie Shaefer will continue to work with us on writing our history together.
• December 8 - We shall continue our annual tradition of a Christmas celebration with a special luncheon be-
fore a concert in the church. Since Nancy Lange is no longer the Choral Director in Grand Ledge, we’ve in-
vited the Someko singers from Okemos, as our own Matt Nauss is a member of this talented Okemos High
School group.

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

2009 Ministry Retreat
• When is it? Thursday, January 8 – Saturday, January 10, 2009
• Where is it? The Retreat Center at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI (
• Registration fee for Nominees, Postulants and Candidates: $175 per person
• Reservation Deadline: December 18, 2008

What is it?
This a chance to explore one’s call to ordained ministry; an opportunity for worship, fellowship, learning and
reflection; a gathering of men and women at all points on the journey of their ministry discernment; a place to
ask questions – EYSJ, lay opportunities, academic and financial requirements, clergy wellness, field place-
ments, spiritual direction and more; a forum to interact with Bishop Wendell Gibbs and clergy and laypersons
involved in the ministry discernment process, including members of the Commission on Ministry and the Standing
Committee of the Diocese of Michigan.
Who should attend?
If you are currently a nominee, postulant or candidate for the priesthood or the diaconate, your participation
in the Ministry Retreat is a required step in your process.
If you are the companion of a nominee, postulant or candidate in the process, a special companion’s session is
planned just for you on Saturday morning, January 10. Companions of ordained priests and deacons will
share real-world experiences and address questions. There is no charge to attend this session.
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Storytelling Workshops
By Nancy Sheldon
an you remember a time when someone close to 2:30PM Program
C you shared a story that moved you, made you
laugh, changed your mind or blew open your heart?
• Monday, November 24, 2008, 12:30 lunch, 1:00-
2:30PM Program
Perhaps you recalled a memory that offered some
healing to a friend in a time of grief, or a business Come and join us and you will:
facilitator told just the right story to illuminate the mo-
• Find stories about St Paul’s that you remember &
were important to you
Telling stories is as natural and vital as taking a • Learn how to tell those stories
breath! And this workshop welcomes everyone: those • Draw on personal and community memories in
curious about storytelling and those who love stories - shaping those stories
even those who don’t see themselves as creative. • Discover your innate capacity as a storyteller
• Cultivate and enjoy the bond that forms be-
St Paul’s has a birthday coming up which means160
years of stories. Let’s take the time now to find the tween teller and listener
stories you want to tell that portray the St. Paul’s com- Please call the office or sign up outside of the Merri-
munity, and hone your storytelling skills in this two part field Room for a reservation (4F’s program).
“People are hungry for stories. It is a part of our very
• Monday, November 10, 2008, 12:30 lunch, 1:00- being.” Studs Terkel, author & oral historian

By Nancy Milne

Needed: Members of St. Paul’s to assist with the November 9 United Thank Offering

n May, we collected $657.10. All of our gifts are used for small grants for Episco-
I pal churches and agencies here and abroad.
We are looking for four volunteers to collect the donations during the 8 and 10 a.m. services. It’s not difficult,
we precede the Ushers with our collection plates during the regular offering. Done in a minute (or two).
Helping us with the November 9 collection enables St. Paul’s to help provide for these grants. For more infor-
mation or to volunteer, call Nancy Milne at 882-0573.

Why the Fuss About Bishops Blend Fair Trade Coffee?

By Sue Millar
e brew Bishops Blend coffee for our Sunday morning coffee hours. This coffee is chosen for several
W good reasons: (1) 15 percent of our cost goes directly to Episcopal Relief and Development; (2) small-
scale farmers are paid a living wage; (3) organic farming practices help protect the environment by avoiding
the use of pesticides and fertilizer; and this coffee is shade grown which means trees remain, providing habitat
for birds and insects.
These are values that you support when you purchase fair-trade Bishops Blend coffee. The additional cost is a
small price to pay to contribute to the livelihood of independent farmers and towards maintaining a sustain-
able environment. Okay, I admit, this is a pitch to become a regular customer of Bishops Blend coffee. But I
have given you some really good reasons for wanting to, right?
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Thanks from the England Choristers
We wondered what would be the best way to tell you a little bit
about our trip to England this summer. We thought maybe, a com-
BAILEY: We thought maybe, a drama:
The 2009 England Choristers, Steven
TO SEE THE MAGNA CARTA, OR NOT TO SEE THE MAGNA Walker, AJ Fletcher , Emily Laub, Matt
CARTA .... THAT IS THE …ARE YOU KIDDING? WE SAW THE Nauss, Melanie Walker and Bailey Sanchez
BAILEY: We thought maybe, a musical number:
MEL & EMILY (to the tune of, “I could have danced all night”
We had to sing all night
We had to sing all night
And still we sang some more
There were a million things we had to learn to sing we'd never sung before.
We never knew psalm singing was so tricky, we thought we'd never get it right
I only know when we learned it so beautifully; there'd be a new one the next night!

BAILEY: We thought maybe, something classical:

MATTHEW (to the tune of “I am the Captain of the Pinafore”)
We made a lot of brand new friends and saw a lot of history
Like churches and a tower
And some rocks that were a mystery
We learned a lot of music and we sang a lot of services
But we had practiced hard, and so we really weren't "nervouses"
We rode the tube; we ate good food, we saw Big Ben and Parliament
We saw some Vikings (kind of lame) And Druids that were in a tent
We did so many awesome things it's hard to pick out what was best, but ask us all about our trip we'll fill you
in on all the rest
BAILEY: But we decided in the end, what we should really do is say

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Choir Newsletter and Dates to Remember

By Dr. Stephen R. Lange, Minister of Music
What a wonderful start to the new program year on September 14! It was fantastic to have so many of you
present to kick off the beginning of another year in praising God. The last stanza of hymn 420, “When in our
music God is glorified,” pretty well sums up the commission we’ve been charged with: Let every instrument be
tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise! And may God give us faith to sing always Alleluia!

Singing Schedule
Date Choirs

October 5 Boys’ and Grace; High School

October 12 High School; Chancel
October 19 High School; Chancel
October 26 High School; Chancel

November 2 Boys’ and Grace; High School; Chancel

November 9 High School; Chancel
November 16 High School; Chancel
November 23 High School; Chancel
November 30 High School; Chancel

Men’s Golf League Change in Management

By the Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller By Christine Caswell, Assistant Editor
ongratulations to Howard Cook and Roger Due to my heavy time commitments with law school
C Fowler, champs of this year’s Men’s Golf
League. After a long, hard-fought summer of in-
right now and working at Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., I
have had to step down from some of the editorial re-
tense competition, they defeated Doug Holmes sponsibilities. I am still editing all copy I receive by the
and Rick Laub on the last night of competition. deadline (but not after that), but Madam Lyn is offi-
Many thanks to all who subbed during the year; cially in full charge now. She’s been picking up a lot of
we couldn’t have done it without you. Next year’s the slack anyway, so I thought it only appropriate that
league will begin on the second Thursday evening she have the title of editor. So any questions or com-
in May. Starting times are at 3:30 pm. See Father plaints see Lyn. Thanks for all of your help and support
Weller if you want to sign up now. throughout the past five years. Hopefully, this will work
out best for everyone.

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1849-2009 St Paul’s of Lansing
160 Years - Where our Past Welcomes Our Future
uring the month of May, 2009 St. Paul’s will celebrate 160 years as a congregation.
D Each week will emphasize one of our ministries.
• Sunday, May 3, 2009 Music & Worship Celebration
• Sunday, May 10, 2009 Children’s Celebration
• Sunday, May 17, 2009 Mission & Outreach Celebration
• Sunday, May 31, 2009 Homecoming Celebration

Each month in the St. Paul’s News we will highlight areas where we need your help to make this a very special
We’re looking for current and former members of St Paul’s (living or dead) who have served in the military dur-
ing our 160-year history so we may honor them next spring at our Homecoming celebration. If someone in your
family has served, or you know of someone who has, please call Ruth Farmer (517-882-0404) or e-mail Buffy
Mann at In addition to the person’s name, we’d like the branch of the military in
which they served, the years when they served and their rank.
Have you ever given a talk to the congregation for the Every Member Canvass or the Stewardship Drive on
“What St Paul’s Means to Me?” If so, please dig in your desk drawers or file cabinets to see if you still have
your speech. If you do, please make a copy, and send it to Mandy Lawton, 1510 E. Oakland Ave., Lansing, MI
48906. Thank You!

Announcing the Titles

By Millie Ericson, Parish Life Committee Chair
e are announcing the 2009 “One Church, Many The New York Times Book Review suggests that it
W Journeys” parish wide book read: “brings into focus a grim, critical time in American his-
tory.” In many ways, it is an adult parallel of “To Kill a
Adult Title – Contempt of Court, the turn-of-the-century Mockingbird.”
lynching that launched a hundred years of Federalism,
by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr. Importantly for us, it is a story of Christians acting out
their witness to seek justice, even in the face of great
Family Title (yes, this year we have added an option risk to themselves, their families and their careers. It is
for families to read together) - The Voyage of the the story of a simple man, whose epitaph reads: “God
Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis, the 3rd book in the bless you all, I am a [sic] innocent man. Farewell until
Chronicles of Narnia, continuing the story of Prince we meet again in the sweet by and by.” It is a story of
Caspian. sacrifice and redemption.
Contempt of Court is a real life legal/courtroom We invite you to join in reading this important book.
thriller every bit as compelling as anything written by
John Grisham. The book tells the story of a case that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader continues the story of
was—in the words of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Prince Caspian as he sets out with familiar characters,
Marshall—“Perhaps the first instance in which the including Reepicheep, and Edmund and Lucy, on a
[Supreme] Court demonstrated that the Fourteenth great sea voyage to the Lone Islands and beyond, in
Amendment and the equal-protection clause have any search of the seven Lords. Ahoy, maties, for a great
substantive meaning to people of the African- read.
American race. The…case served as a foundation for
many cases to come…a moment of courage by the The books will be available soon from the St. Paul’s
Court.” The Dallas Morning News said that it should be Book Cart. Book discussion groups will be formed to
“required reading for anyone who wants to under- meet in January. In addition, an exciting family event,
stand how the Constitution protects individual citizens.” “Voyaging on the Dawn Treader,” will be held then as
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Financial Information as of August 31, 2008

By Jeff Irwin
As of August 31, we are now through two-thirds or 67% of the year. The 2008 pledge revenue collected so far
is $188,199, which is 63.1% of the 2008 budget. Given that the summer months are often lower then average
on pledge collection, this is reasonable. The operating loss through August 31, 2008 is $105,802.
The designated and restricted funds have recorded a loss in market value for the eight months ending August
31, in the amount of $29,406. Along with contributions to the funds, the net income is $52,761. The combined
net income of the operations and the funds is a $53,041 loss as of August 31, 2008.
To date, it has been necessary to withdraw a total of $90,000 from the Perpetual Fund in order to make pay-
roll and pay outstanding bills. An additional $3,200 has been withdrawn from the Perpetual Fund for special
purposes authorized by the vestry.

Vestry Highlights
At the September 16th Vestry meeting, your Vestry:
• Enjoyed dinner together
• Did devotions with eyes toward the 2008-9 year
• Received the treasurer’s report (synopsis found elsewhere in this issue)
• Discussed the market decline and our endowment exposure
• Received a presentation from the 160th Committee on plans for our 160th celebration in 2009
• Discussed the status of the new web page
• Undated the Action Plan
• Received committee reports
• Reviewed the Lambeth conference
• Discussed the Diocesan Convention and how we can become informed and inform the congregation
• Received clergy reports

The Book Cart Seeks to Serve

By Sue Millar
For over five years, the Book Cart has been looking for the best ways to serve the parishioners of St. Paul’s.
Since faith is a journey and not a written and static contract, we believe that providing materials that chal-
lenge the mind and touch the spirit can assist us all on the paths we travel. You can find a wide variety of
books that can answer faith-related questions or perhaps cause you to ask even more. You can read stories
that will inspire and help in situations of personal crisis. Perhaps one of the most helpful services is to order a
particular edition of the Prayer Book or the Bible that suits a shopper’s tastes, budget or need.
For an example of one book that touches on every parishioners’ interest, I think it’s safe to say, is Walter Brug-
gemann’s The Bible Makes Sense. The author helps us to see life from the Biblical perspective and read it as an
insider. When this happens, we actually feel connected to life as lived 2,000, 4,000 or even 6,000 years ago,
thus helping the Bible truly come alive. If a person buys and reads such a book, the next one might lead the
reader to a closer look at Jesus’ life or St. Paul’s writings. And from there, a closer look at the prophets?. Or
the challenges the Church faces in the 21st century. Who knows? But the point is that the Book Cart makes pos-
sible all sorts of opportunities to continue your own spiritual journey, nurtured by the writings of other seekers.
Take the time on the second Sunday of each month when a branch of the Cathedral Book Shop is available to
serve you.

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Mission s News
ACTION of Greater Lansing Update
By The Rev. Deacon William H. Fineout
n Sunday, October 5, St. Paul’s will present, our participation. There are four meetings this pro-
O “Listening Sunday,” with a listening group meeting
after each service. The purpose of these meetings is to
gram-year in which we invite you to participate.
”Listening Sunday” is the first date for this year.
begin the process of determining this year’s issue for
our ACTION justice ministry. You are invited to meet The other dates are:
with our team facilitators and share your concerns re- • ACTION Problem Assembly, October 30, Thursday,
garding the community. Issues that have been ad- 7 p.m.
dressed recently include housing problems, crime re- • ACTION Rally, April 28, 2009, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
porting (Hot Spot Cards) and support for those re- ACTION Nehemiah Assembly, May 12, 2009,
leased from jail. Tuesday, 7 p.m.
This is a local and successful group of 13 churches that
has been operating for only 18 months. The strength Please join your ACTION team that Sunday morning
and success of this justice ministry rests primarily on all and let them know what your concerns are for this
Greater Lansing community.

The Housing Assistance Fund Fruit and Greens Sale

By MaryLea Benson
or many years several members of St. Paul’s have participated in the Housing
F Assistance Fund Sale of holiday fruit, wreaths and roping of fresh greens, and
poinsettias; bringing you the opportunity to help the less fortunate in our community through your pur-
chases. Well, it’s that time of year again!
The Housing Assistance Fund, now in its 23rd year, is an informal coalition of Lansing-area churches dedi-
cated to helping the homeless. Money raised in the annual holiday sale is distributed to two local shelters,
Haven House in East Lansing and Loaves and Fishes in Lansing. Winter is an especially challenging time for
homeless persons in mid-Michigan and the shelters they rely on. Your concern can make a difference for someone now.
Offerings include wreaths available in seven sizes with optional bows, roping, Poinsettias in three colors and three sizes.
Boxed fruit options include Florida- navel oranges, pink grapefruits, tangelos in 20 and 40 pound cases and fudge in 1
or ½ pound packages.
Each item will bear a label to explain the story that proceeds from the sale of the item benefit the two shelters. Special
are the gifts that help to make a difference in the world.
• Ordering - October 5 – November 2.
• Delivery @ All Saint’s Episcopal in December

Please watch for signs and listen for announcements regarding order form availability, where to turn in completed forms
and payment, and where and when orders will be available for pick up. Plan to visit the Alternative Holiday Marketplace
at All Saints when you pick up your order. Your purchases of jams, jellies, crafts, candles, note cards, fairly traded coffees
and teas, art objects from around the world, and other items will support a variety of non-profit organizations, including
the H.A.F. Shop for a better world!
Our church’s concern for the homeless and others in need in the greater Lansing area is evident in our ongoing support of
The Housing Assistance Fund Holiday Fruit and Greens sale. Let’s help make this the most successful sale the H.A.F. has
ever had! Thank you for your orders for Boxed Fruit, Wreaths, Ropes, Poinsettias and Fudge in support of this worthy
cause. God bless…

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Water for Life

By Lyn Zynda, Mission and Outreach

he water bottles are disappearing, so hopefully they are filled with spare change
T and taking up space in your home. You might be wondering what you are supposed
to do with these filled bottles.
We have placed a basket near the stairs leading to the altar. Before the service or when
you come up for communion, place your filled bottles in the basket. We will offer up the
donations for blessing and then allow us to report our progress back to the congregation.
The final ingathering will take place on Sunday, December 14.
The St. Paul’s community voted to build a well for a village as our 2008 project to fulfill the Millennium Devel-
opment Goals (MDGs). This is an ambitious undertaking and will require us to raise $7,500 in order to build
one well and provide connections for houses to the local well.
If you haven’t already done so, pick up a water bottle or replace your filled water bottle. Water bottles are
available at the back of the church. Look for goal updates in future issues of the Newsletter and Sunday bulle-

Mission & Outreach Activities:

Where is Christ calling you to help others?
October 10 December
• Canterbury MSU – “Fall Feast” fund raiser dinner & • Youth - Mitten Tree
December 14
October 11 • MDG – Water for Life Ingathering/Wrap up
• Blood Drive – Red Cross
December 24
October 12 • Gifts for the Christ Child
• Crop Walk – Church World
November • Manna Sundays for street ministry (busing/work
• UTO Ingathering – Episcopal Church Women boots)
(ECW) • Water for Life
• Heifer International
November 9-23
• Prayer quilts
• Thanksgiving Baskets • Cars INC
December 6 (13) • Sudanese Education
• Housing Assistance Fund – Fruit & Greens Sale Check the Newsletter articles and the Sunday Bulletin
Announcements for additional details and informa-

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St. Paul's News
England Trip
By Steven Walker
or me, England was much more than going to a different country and sightseeing. At the Royal School of
F Church Music, I gained friends, knowledge and, most importantly, the chance to learn what it was like to
be a regular British teenager. There were some major differences between teens there and here. For instance,
my roommates were more informed about the presidential race than I was! They really cared about the out-
come (not that I don't). Another difference was the amount that they cared about school and academics. They
cared a lot more than most American teens. The last major difference I noticed was that they knew how to
have fun without getting out of hand (that is, the ones under 17). We had parties every night, they were fun
and they broke up when they were supposed to, while everybody was included.
For the sightseeing part of the trip I'd give it a 10 out of 10. It was everything I had hoped for and more. We
saw sights that I've wanted to see my whole life! The best sight that we saw, in my opinion, was Big Ben and
Parliament at night. It was breathtaking. I felt extremely grateful to everybody at church, more than I thought
possible. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every person who helped us, in any way, get to and
from England. You guys are the reason that Matt, Baylie, AJ, Melanie, Emily and I had this wonderful experi-
ence. SO, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Habitat for Humanity

By MaryLea Benson

n September 20, 2008, ground blessings were said by area pastors at a new Habitat for Humanity loca-
O tion. The property was the home of Chuck and June Rybnikar, long-time volunteers for Habitat. The Rybni-
kars were killed in a fire in their home on May 12, 2007. In a ceremony at the property on the anniversary of
the fire the Rybnikar family donated the property to Habitat.
Eight Lansing area churches have bonded in a covenant to build a Cape Cod home for an area family. St
Paul’s will be looking for volunteers to help with this build. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
• Prayers – from now until the Dedication on May 12, 2009
• Fundraising – each church involved pledges a certain amount to be determined.
• Builders & “want-to-be builders” – Saturday, Sept 27; Oct 4; Nov 8*; Nov 22; Dec 13
• *Lunch – St. Paul’s is supplying lunch on November 8, 2008.
Please look for the Habitat for Humanity display and sign up to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. If you
have never volunteered before, you must attend a volunteer orientation. St. Paul’s will host an orientation on
Wed., October 1, 2008, at 6:30 PM.

As of September 18, 2008, Hazel Trebilcock
will be leaving Burcham Retirement Center and
moving to Suttons Bay.
Her new address is:
Tendercare of Leelanau
124 W. 4th Street
Suttons Bay, Michigan, 49682

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A Plea from the ECW Steering Committee

By Lyn Zynda, President
n my opinion, one of the very nicest services offered by St. Paul’s is the luncheon we serve after funerals
I and memorial services. It is a wonderful way in which the St. Paul’s community demonstrates its care and
concern and shows affection to each other during an extremely trying time.
The members of the Memorial Committee with the help of the (usually) women of St. Paul’s put together a
lovely reception with a casserole, salad, rolls, desserts, and beverages generally with only a few days to pre-
pare. With linen tablecloths and beautiful decorations provided by Debby Pierce the luncheon rivals any club
or restaurant in town.
This is where my plea for help comes in. The ECW Steering Committee is small and we could use assistance
preparing for these receptions. We hope to build a list of volunteers we can call who will be willing to pre-
pare a casserole, purchase salad ingredients, provide cookies or brownies, or serve and clean up the day of
the service. All expenses are reimbursed and we promise not call on you more than twice a year.
If you feel you can participate in this important ministry please call me at 202-6992 or email me at I can tell you first hand this is a rewarding experience.

Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage

By Rev. Ronald C. Byrd, Sr.
On October 19, I will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend the Eighth Triennial Black Ministries Confer-
ence. The conference theme is “Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage: For the living of these days.”
Conference participants will focus on identifying challenges that black and multicultural congregations face in
the twenty-first century. The conference will expand on work completed by Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Suf-
fragan Chester Talton, and the New Ventures Task Force with the hope of developing a strategic plan that will
help congregations prepare for their Christian mission in the world.
According to the Episcopal Church’s Black Ministries Office in New York, the triennial conference usually in-
volves ordained persons only. However this year because the topic is so important, lay leaders, young adults,
womens' gatherings, Anglicans from other provinces, and ecumenical colleagues have been invited. I am look-
ing forward to attending this conference and expect God’s blessings on our work in New Orleans.

Quilting Anyone???
By MaryLea Benson
uring the summer, two quilts were given to members of our congregation during their time of need. In the
D up coming weeks and months more quilts are expected to be donated to those in need who make a re-
quest or have a request made on their behalf.
The prayer quilts are sewn with love and prayer for persons who have a need for God’s prayer. String ties
are placed in the quilts so that prayers may be said while knots are tied by people wishing to say a prayer
for the person receiving the quilt.
Volunteers are needed to help put the quilts together; from purchasing material and cards to cutting and sew-
ing, even tying knots. Forms for helping and requesting quilts are available in the forms rack near the elevator.

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By Nancy Sheldon
t. Paul’s will celebrate its 160th birthday in 2009. Plans are underway for activities and events throughout
S May, 2009, with special emphasis on the four Sundays that month.
• May 3 – Worship and Music
• May 10 – Children’s Sunday
• May 17 – Missions and Outreach
• May 31 – Homecoming Sunday

A committee began work on plans for the celebration in March, but we would like your assistance for this spe-
cial celebration.
The committee would like you to contribute any ideas you may have on ways to commemorate the anniversary.
We would ask you to share any “historical” treasures you may have: pictures, items you may have written for
the church, prayers, thoughts or essays about “what St. Paul’s means to me,” interesting personal stories or
memories, music, old copies of St. Paul’s News or Sunday bulletins, cookbooks, and guild memorabilia. Almost
anything you think might be noteworthy about St. Paul’s long history.
We would also like to encourage your participation in other ways. Ideas might include putting on a play. We
need volunteers to collect “church” clothes from various decades; work on a celebration committee; and contact
former members and their families. We would love to have someone film the various events or help preserve
the memories and stories.
You’ll be hearing more about the upcoming activities, but your eyes and ears and memories are vital to a suc-
cessful, meaningful celebration. Contact Nancy Sheldon or any of the clergy if you’d like to help or you have
some “treasure” for the committee.

From the Parish Life Committee

By Millie Erickson, Vestry Member
lans are in full swing for a variety of fellowship opportunities this fall. Mark your calendars with the fol-
P lowing dates:
October 3 – 2nd Annual Pizza Party and Game Night for all the Parish family: kids, families, couples, singles.
There will be something fun for everyone.
November 4 – “The Gathering” Coffee House at St. Paul’s. Recall the days of Pete Seeger, Peter Paul &
Mary, folk guitars and tie-dye in this fun event for all adults in the parish and their guests. Entertainment will
be provided by local folk talent.
More details on both these events to come.
Watch for announcements in the near future regarding other happenings, including the “One Book, Many Jour-
neys” Book Read, which will be back in January. This year we will offer both an adult and a family book with
related events. The titles will be announced soon!

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We pray for those who are sick and in need: Cindy Robinson, Richard,
Audrie & Aaron Hegmon, Shelley Robinson, Dennis Letner, Mason Hill,
Lois Caswell, Eric Lindquist, Charles Weaver, Ben Herbert, Chance
Collins, Caroline Thomas and her family, Mary Ann Kelley, Ed Jones,
Barb Hacker, Darrick, Marjorie Belles, Kathryn & Elizabeth Senko, Aleda,
Rina Rister, Barb Powers, Pam Lacey, Dave, Skip & Marsha Macholz,
Patricia Reno, Chuck Buck, Rick Edwards, Leona Gordon, Carrie, Michael
Skinner, Bea Richards, Dick Wagner, Edward Such, Judy Jones, Carol,
Mary McClelland, June Wyatt, Mason Beasley, Judy Jones, Carol, Ken Vogel, and Berthella Hockert
We pray and remember those in the Military, serving in dangerous areas: Daniel Reno, David Granger, and
Bill Sheldon
We pray for and celebrate the wedding of: Gabriel Russell Richards & Danielle Nicole Simpson
We pray for those expecting: Deb & Jeff Sleight, Sarah (Weller) & Joe Evenden, and Linda & Don Junger.
We pray for and celebrate our newly baptized: Morgan Patricia Gunn, daughter of Jennifer and Daniel
Gunn, and Hunter Michael Nicholas Riggins and Parker Robert Matthew Riggins, sons of Courtney and
Matthew Riggins
We pray for comfort for the family & friends of Dr. Cal Anderson, Ed Farmer, Bernice Olds-Roe “Bunny”
Smith, and Daphne “Nanny” Such, who recently passed away

Facebook: A Community of Christ?

By Stephanie Van Koevering, Vestry Member
ast Christmas, my younger—and much cooler—sister e-mailed me an invitation to join Facebook. The invi-
L tation was no small source of amusement to me and my family. My sister, Shelly, has always been kind
of…well, quirky. She is an offbeat addition to a group of relatively uptight individuals who would never put
personal information on the Internet (how tasteless!) or become involved in anything that anyone has been in-
terviewed about on NPR.
But sometimes Shelly hits on something. Out of curiosity (and a vague sense of rebellion), I set up my own Face-
book page in January. I found a few young cousins online and enjoyed getting to know them through their
postings. My sister and I started to “superpoke” each other, buy each other virtual margaritas and chat from
time to time. I took quizzes, joined groups and basically wasted an hour or so every month horsing around on
the Internet.
Then, over the summer, something changed. I am in the process of planning my college reunion, and I found
that many of my former classmates are also on Facebook. I began to connect with some of them, and suddenly
Facebook became not just an amusing thing to look at now and then: it became a tool for reaching out, com-
municating, and sharing important updates.
In August, I learned that St. Paul’s also has a Facebook group. I started to connect with many of you in a dif-
ferent way, and I think I am better for it. I have many new “Facebook Friends” from among this parish, and it’s
really neat to see what various members of the St. Paul’s family are doing when it’s not 10 a.m. on Sunday. I
have a sense of their personal interests, political views and family lives that I couldn’t get otherwise. Somehow
through the disinterested, impersonal medium of the Internet, I feel closer.
As a member of the Evangelism committee, this phenomenon is not lost on me. Facebook presents real opportu-
nities for St. Paul’s, astonishingly enough, and I mean to explore it still further. We are connecting as a commu-
nity of believers in a new and unprecedented way. Young and old, liberal and conservative; there is some-
thing there for all of us to look at, learn from and be part of. The community of Christ has gone high-tech!
My 76-year-old dad is on Facebook now. He succumbed to the curiosity, too, and he’s enjoying a chance to
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distributed and returned. On All Saint’s Sunday (November 2), you are invited to participate in a stewardship
celebration with Dr. Stephen McSwain, who will inspire us with a special message about our unique gifts and
how to share what God gives us with the world. At both services, financial pledge cards will be distributed
and returned to the altar as an act of worship. On the prior two Sundays, we will also hear testimonials from
parishioners about their journey of faith and how St. Paul’s has changed their lives.
The committee also wants you to know that change is essential if St. Paul’s is to maintain the missions of this
parish and fulfill community needs. And to make giving easier, your pledge can now be electronic, so you don’t
even have to write a check.
Your committee is very excited about these changes, and we are grateful to Kristine Miller, Director of Stew-
ardship for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. Her excitement and enthusiasm about engaging us all in a con-
versation with God about sharing our gifts inspired us to be open to change.
(Continued from page 1) commitment because the opportunity for Confirmation,
Reception, or Reaffirmation (the three parts of the cur-
For the last 30-plus years, new people arrive at par- rent Rite of Confirmation) now moves from parish to
ishes like St. Paul’s and are accepted as being bap- parish in the Capitol Deanery.
tized when they come to the altar for communion. This
is usually based on their understanding of Baptism. The This spring, on May 30, the Rite of Confirmation, Re-
where and when of that baptism many not even be ception, and Reaffirmation will be held at St. Paul’s.
recorded in the parish registry. They are gradually Between then and now, I plan on updating our Parish
assimilated into the congregation, joining the organiza- Registry. This in no way is meant to be a challenge to
tions and guilds, and become, through their participa- your membership at St. Paul’s. Anyone who thinks of
tion, contributing “members.” Children begin to receive themselves as a member is a member. What it will do
communion “as soon as they are sufficiently instructed” is help clarify what is a very unclear process. When
and are recorded as adults when they reach the age our Bishop is present in May, everyone who wishes (it is
of 16, often without much ceremony. not required) will be given the opportunity to come
before the Bishop and experience the power of the
In the ensuing conversation at 4F’s, many who had Holy Spirit that come with the laying on of hands—the
gone through Confirmation as teens or adults re- age-old rite that accompanies adult professions of
marked what a rewarding experience it was to de- faith.
clare their adult faith and belief to a bishop and in
front of the rest of the parish members. They also la- I would welcome your questions and comments on this
mented that we do not get to see this celebration of process.

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If you are at the earliest stages of discerning a call to ministry—lay or ordained—a special “inquirers” session
is planned for Saturday morning, January 10. If you’ve ever wondered how God can use your gifts as a mem-
ber of the lay order, please join us for the inquirers’ session. If you’ve ever wondered if you are being called to
the priesthood or the diaconate (even if it’s just a whisper), please join us for the inquirers’ session. You’ll find
information and fellowship, not pressure. Your sponsoring clergy is encouraged to attend this session with you,
and there is no charge for you or your sponsoring clergy for this session.
If you have questions or reservations, please contact Beth Rowley, (313) 833-4421 or

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see what the possibilities are. If you have not already done so, consider taking a look. You have at least one
online “Facebook Friend” in me, and many more to come as our parish family gets virtual.
To become part of Facebook, visit and create your own profile. The St. Paul’s group is
available at

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